“He Hears Our Cry” | POEM of the week

by Martha Snell Nicholson
God of the dawn of the ages,
God of all future years,
God of the winds and the waters,
God of the whirling spheres;
God of the storm and the tempest,
God of the starry sky —
God, I am calling to Thee;
How canst Thou hear my cry?
God of the hearth fires rising,
God of the little home,
God of all gardens growing,
God of the fragrant loam;
God of the broken hearted, God,
Who art very nigh, God of repentant sinners,
God, Thou hast heard my cry!

"For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
'I dwell in the high and holy place,
and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.'" Isaiah 57:15 ESV

mandarin ducklings jumping | VIDEO of the week

Happy Mother's Day!
This clip from the BBC production Planet Earth: Incredible Families shows mandarin ducklings jumping from a tree to catch up with their mother below. Today, I'm thankful for my mother, who shows us the best ways through her word and example.

"Mighty is the force of motherhood! It transforms . . . by its vital heat . . . timidity into fierce courage, and dreadless defiance into tremulous submission; it turns thoughtlessness into foresight, and yet stills all anxiety into calm content; it makes selfishness become self-denial, and gives even to hard vanity the glance of admiring love" Mary Anne Evans

how to quote someone | HOW-TO of the week

A quotation is a reproduction of someone's exact words. Below are my personal guidelines for quoting others. These rules do not necessarily conform to any established style format such as MLA, APA, or Chicago. This is not meant to be a comprehensive guidebook for the use of quotation marks. It is mainly concerned with how to quote words that others have already stated (not quotations one might make up for their own writings).
1. original
Try to reproduce the person’s words as the person originally wrote, published, or spoke them. It is often preferable to quote from works that were published during the author's lifetime. On the Internet, don't accept all quotes as accurate. Look for reliable websites to check whether the words were quoted correctly and whether the right author was cited.

2. spelling
When quoting, keep original spellings. For example, this famous sonnet should be quoted as, "it is an euer fixed marke / That lookes on tempeſts and is neuer ſhaken." If …

how to upgrade to the new Gmail | HOW-TO of the week

Google has made a new design available for the desktop version of Gmail. Here's how to activate it for your account.

In your web browser, open Gmail and sign in if necessary.

Click on the cog wheel icon in the upper right side of the screen, and select "Try the new Gmail"

Choose your density preference.

Enjoy the new design and features!

And if you want to restore the old look, you can click on the cog wheel and select "Go back to classic Gmail" (I don't know how long this will be an option).
"Gmail’s new look helps you get more done." Google

Cold Turkey Blocker | APP of the week

Cold Turkey Blocker is a program for Windows and macOS that lets you temporarily block websites. Once you've made a list of the sites you want to block, you can start the timer for that list. Under "Statistics," you can learn which apps and websites you use most and about how much time you spend on them.

These features are free, but you can purchase the Pro version of Cold Turkey with a one-time payment of CAD$29. With the Pro version, you can use wildcards, block specific websites, set exceptions, schedule blocks, set a password on your settings, block computer applications, set daily time allowances, set break periods, and even allow the program to freeze you out of your computer for a period of time. There are many possibilities!

Cold Turkey Blocker is a powerful program that can help you save time. Visit the website to learn more or to download the application:

"The greatest surprise in my life is the brevity of life."
Billy Graham

“Which Road” | SONG of the week

Artist: Luke Spehar
Album:The Pilgrim
Year: 2018

The time has come,
and I must choose
where to go now.
Fear, excitement, love, and pain
all mix within me somehow.
From a distance I saw it comin';
it surprises me still.
It's maybe like getting older—
no matter how much we're told,
never seems we will.

I've come to find that I learn slowly
and most of the time the hard way.
I'm meant to move,
but I tend to linger and stay.
Show me now which road I should take today.

A beautiful moment I try to hold
but always slips away
affirms the fact that I am not home,
where those moments are endless days.
And [to?] hold on [would only be?] to distract from what is to come,
but to let go of anything that we know
brings a grief of its own.

Every season has its blessings and burdens.
Winter winds are forgotten when it's warm.
In the end, we can grow from them all.

I've come to find that I learn slowly
and most of the time the hard way.
I'm meant to move,
but I tend to linger and stay.
Show me now whic…

Land Lines | CHROME EXPERIMENT of the week

Land Lines is a Chrome experiment made by Zach Lieberman, Matt Felsen, and the Google Data Arts Team. In "DRAW" mode, you can draw a squiggly line or shape and see an aerial view of somewhere on earth that contains a similar shape. Once a map appears, you are told the general location. In "DRAG" mode, you can drag in different directions and see a line flowing between various locations. It's easier to do it than to explain it, so open the link below and have some fun with Land Lines.

"God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:10

Luke 24 | BIBLE PASSAGE of the week

Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: and as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, and returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the ap…

Luke 22:14 - 23:56 | BIBLE PASSAGE of the week

And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: for I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: for I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.

And there was also …

Behold the Lamb of God | CHORUS of the week

Librettist: Charles Jennens
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Composed: 1741

"On the morrow [John] seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold, the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world!" John 1:29 ASV

2017 Germany photos | PHOTOS of the week

Here We Go!
Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Autumn in Leipzig
Leipzig Light
Going Places
Leipzig from Above
Serious Perspective
Can I Play It?
Florence, Italy
The Art of Music

24 | NUMBER of the week

The Hebrew Bible contains 24 books (not 39).Baasha reigned in Israel for 24 years (1 Kings 15:33).One of King David's nephews (called Jonathan) killed a huge man who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, thus twenty-four in all (2 Samuel 21:20-21).King David had the priests and the musicians arranged into 24 divisions each (1 Chronicles 24-25).The gospel of Luke, which has been divided into 24 chapters, is actually the longest book in the New Testament if calculated according to the number of words.In heaven, John saw 24 elders sitting on 24 thrones around the throne (Revelation 4:4).Language
24 is XXIV in Roman numerals and 二十四 in Chinese symbols.The Greek alphabet contains 24 letters.History
At the age of 24, William Pitt became the British Prime Minister.In 1821, Missouri became the 24th state to join the union.When Charles Dickens was 24, his Pickwick Papers began to be published in installments.Riddle: Grover Cleveland, the 24th President of the United St…

“In the Sweet By and By” | HYMN of the week

Words: San­ford F. Ben­nett
Music: Jo­seph P. Web­ster
Year: 1868

There’s a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place there.

We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blessed;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.

To our bountiful Father above,
We will offer our tribute of praise
For the glorious gift of His love
And the blessings that hallow our days.

In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

"And they shall see his face" Revelation 22:4

“Shadows of the Dawn” | SONG of the week

Artist: The Gray Havens
Album:Ghost of a King
Year: 2016

A world away and still not far,
like fabric woven into ours—
the dawn, it shot out through the night,
and day is coming soon.

The Kingdom of the Morning Star
can pierce a cold and stony heart.
It's grace went through me like a sword
and came out like a song.
Now I'm just waiting for the day
in the shadows of the dawn.

But I won't wait, resting my bones.
I'll take these "foolishness" roads of grace
and run toward the dawn.
And when I rise and dawn turns to day,
I'll shine as bright as the sun,
and these roads that I've run will be wise.

It's veiled and stands behind the shroud,
the final day when trumpets sound.
Sometimes I glimpse into the fog
and listen for the song.
Till then I'm waiting for the day
in the shadows of the dawn.

But I won't wait, resting my bones.
I'll take these "foolishness" roads of grace
and run toward the dawn.
And when I rise and dawn turns to day,
I'll shine as bright as…

Dawn Chorus | APP of the week

"Wake up to nature’s chorus with a bird alarm clock developed by Carnegie Museum of Natural History and The Innovation Studio. This artfully designed app is a calming, nature-inspired alternative to your usual blaring alarm. When the alarm goes off, birds begin to appear in trees to create a chorus of song. Choose from 20 birds to create a custom alarm. All of the birds are native to the northeastern United States, and users can hear their calls and learn more about them on bird cards developed with museum scientists."
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Download from the iOS App Store.
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"the birds of the heavens . . . sing among the branches." Psalm 104:12